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Moravian College offers English as a second language certification

Moravian one of just five schools in Pennsylvania

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College has begun offering English as a Second Language (ESL) certification this spring. Moravian is one of just five colleges in Pennsylvania, including the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, West Chester University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, authorized to offer ESL certification. Moravian has offered the program for the 2003 spring semester as part of its Master of Education program.

A team of highly qualified faculty with expertise in supporting English language learners has been established. Doris Correll, director of the Bethlehem Area School District’s English Acquisition Program, is heading the team and will teach the ESL Curriculum and Instruction Course. Ann Goldberg will teach the ESL Assessment and Support course. She is the recipient of the 2001 Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley’s Service to Latin Youth and Families Award. Former director of Bethlehem’s ESL program, Lydia Haddad, reading specialist for the Bethlehem Area School District and former ESL/Literacy Adult Education Coordinator at the Bethlehem Public Library, and Camie Modjadidi, the Education Department's inclusion specialist, complete the ESL certification faculty.

Four classes are available for study: ESL Acquisition and Development; ESL Curriculum and Instruction; ESL Learner, Family, and Community; and ESL Assessment and Support. In Acquisition and Development, students will explore current knowledge and research on the process of learning English as a second language. Students will learn the best ways of teaching ESL in a classroom that is conducive to learning.

Curriculum and Instruction focuses on different ESL teaching strategies to help in language acquisition. The role of classroom management, multicultural materials, and the English Language Learners (ELL) acculturation process in planning and instruction will also be studied. This class be held during the Summer I session.

The Learner, Family, and Community course will explore behaviors, belief systems, and attitudes of multilingual learners, their families, and school personnel in promoting a culturally sensitive learning environment and community. Comparison of other cultures and how they relate to the American culture in the areas of education, language, support systems, and the community will also be examined. This class, will meet from 9:00 am until noon during the Summer II session on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Assessment and Support students will learn to use effective assessment tools and practices to identify levels of proficiency in oral language, reading, and writing.
Participants will monitor student progress in the content areas and examine school support services to assist ELLs in language acquisition. This class will meet during the fall of 2003.

For further information concerning this new program, contact the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies at 610-861-1400.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu